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|Description ||Mesolithic head-dress made from the skull and antlers of a red deer, 9,500 years old.
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The frontal bones of the skull have been pierced with holes so that the head-dress could be tied to the wearer's head. Did a Mesolithic hunter wear this as a disguise while stalking deer? Perhaps that would have been more of a hindrance in thick woodland. It is more likely that it was used by a shaman when dancing in a trance. Such head-dresses were worn by Siberian shamen much more recently and have been sketched by 19th century travellers.
Twenty-one have been found at the Mesolithic lakeside settlement of Star Carr in Yorkshire (TA026817) This one is now in the British Museum.|
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